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Dish: The Temptation: C.1401-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Dish: The Temptation


Pottery: Pickleherring Pottery (Probably)
Printmaker: Passe, Crispijn I de




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome with the Temptation and a border of blue dashes

Red earthenware, tin-glazed on the front and painted in blue, green, yellow, orange and manganese-purple. The reverse is coated with pale slip and lead-glazed greenish-yellow. Circular with curved sides, standing on a footring. The front is decorated with Adam and Eve standing on either side of the Tree of Knowledge, with a serpent twined around its trunk and lowest branch. On each side there are small stylized trees and in the foreground grass with yellow patches. Round the outer edge there are two narrow blue circles and narrowly spaced slantng blue dashes. The back is inscribed 'IE' and dated '1640' inside the footring


History note: Mr and Mrs Cater, Colchester; Mrs Cater; sold Sotheby’s, 23 July, 1925, Pottery, Porcelain and Glass, lot 58; bought by Hunt for £42 for Dr J.W.L. Glaisher FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Southwark ⪼ Surrey ⪼ English

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


17th Century, Mid#
Charles I
Production date: dated AD 1640


The design was probably derived from a print by Crispin van de Passe (Hollstein, XVI, 1 ad).

The dish is the second earliest recorded which is decorated with The Temptation or Fall

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple)
Rim Diameter 35.6 cm

Materials used in production

dull white Tin-glaze
red with red inclusions Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Red earthenware with red inclusions, moulded, tin-glazed on the front and painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple high temperature (metallic oxide) colours; the reverse coated with a pale slip and lead-glazed greenish-yellow

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: IE
  • Location: Inside the footring
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Initials
  • Text: 1640
  • Location: Inside the footring
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1401-1928
Primary reference Number: 71930
Old object number: 4575
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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